Monday, January 7, 2013
Broken by A.E. Rought
I was excited about the promise of a Frankenstein retelling and really wanted to like this story. For me, Broken was a case of great concept, poor delivery.
I struggled with the writing and, for the life of me, could not get invested in the characters. If you read the very spoiler-filled synopsis above, then you know the story in almost its entirety. My biggest gripe is the writing comes across as trying too hard and misapplies technique to mundane activities. I love descriptive writing when it is done well, but overly- and exaggeratedly-detailed sentences bother me to no end. It was just too wordy. By the time I reached the conclusion, I was too disappointed and, frankly, too bored to care as much as I should have.
A couple of my friends really seemed to enjoy the “detailed” writing in Broken. So while this book was a complete miss for me, this may be a to-each-his-own scenario, and perhaps it will be a hit for you.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.